Category: Philosophy

Understanding “I identify as…”

It’s been many years that I have not been able to understand English. Now we have the verb “to identify” used without an object. Once, I could say, “I identify that stolen radio as mine,” but now we say “I identify as…” The dictionary definition of that usage (http://www.dictionary.com/browse/identify) is: 7. to associate oneself in feeling, interest, action, etc., with a specified group or belief system (usually followed by as or with): He identifies as bisexual. She identifies with feminism. My family identifies Hispanic. 8. to experience psychological identification: The audience identified with the play’s characters. But what does that mean?…

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